Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

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The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) programs five years of federal funding for transportation projects in the Boston region. Each year, the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) decides how to spend approximately $110 million in Regional Target funding to complement state and local transportation infrastructure investments in the Boston region. In addition to deciding how this regional funding should be programmed, the MPO board reviews and votes to endorse decisions for investing federal transportation dollars by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), and the Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA).

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Cover of A Guidebook to Updating the TIP Criteria July 2020Learn More About the Proposed Changes to the Project Selection Criteria

When deciding what transportation projects to fund, the MPO uses criteria to assess how each project will help accomplish the MPO’s goals for transportation in the region. With the endorsement of the Long-Range Transportation Plan, Destination 2040, the MPO has the opportunity to revise the project evaluation criteria to better reflect the updated regional goals.

Check out the TIP Criteria Update Guidebook (PDF) (HTML) for details. The MPO will vote on new criteria in October 2020.

The New TIP: The FFYs 2021–25 TIP Has Been Endorsed

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At the MPO meeting on May 28, 2020, the board endorsed the FFYs 2021–25 TIP (PDF) (HTML). The TIP includes a list of transportation construction projects the MPO will fund over the next five years, including the pilot round of the Community Connections Program, which focuses on solutions to first- and last-mile transportation gaps. Once the FFYs 2021–25 TIP is reviewed and approved by the MPO’s federal partners, the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations, it will go into effect on October 1, 2020. Until then, the FFYs 2020–24 TIP remains current. For more information on the development of the new TIP, see the FFYs 2021–25 TIP Development page.

FFYs 2021-25 TIP Target Program: Projects by the Numbers

Between FFY 2021 and 2025, the MPO plans to fund 47 Regional Target Highway Projects in these MPO investment programs:

  • Major Infrastructure Flex to Transit (1)
  • Major Infrastructure Roadway (3)
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian (4)
  • Community connections (5)
  • Intersection Improvements (11)
  • Complete Streets (23)

These projects will happen in 37 MPO cities and towns, classified by Metropolitan Area Planning Council community type:

  • Developing Suburb (5)
  • Inner Core (9)
  • Regional Urban Center (8)
  • Maturing Suburb (15)

These projects will address safety and help preserve the transportaton system by improving 7 bridge structures, 38 miles of substandard sidewalk, 70 lane miles of substandard pavement, and 27 locations to allow for better emergency response or make the transportation system more resilient to extreme weather conditions.

These projects will improve safety by 30 2014-2016 MassDOT-identified Highway Safety Improvement Program crash clusters across the following investment programs: Intersection Improvements (5) and Complete Streets (25).

These projects will also enhance the system by

  • Adding capacity and access: 16 new miles to sidewalk network, 58 new lane miles to bike and shared-use path network, and 29 projects improve intermodal connections or access to transit.
  • Reducing delay: 11900 hours of delay reduced per day.
  • Addressing the environment and economic vitality: 11.7 million kilograms of CO2 reduced per year and 23 projects improve access to targeted development areas.

Sources: MassDOT and the Boston Region MPO. The delay and CO2 reduction estimates exclude the Green Line Extension project in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford; the New Boston Street bridge project in Woburn; and the Rutherford Avenue Project in Boston. Note: Projects have not yet been selected the MPO's Transit Modernization Program.

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FFYs 2020–24 TIP (Current) 

The current TIP (pdf) (html) allocates funding for FFYs 2020–24. For the complete list of regional- and state-prioritized projects, refer to the TIP tables. The FFYs 2020–24 TIP is in effect from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020. To review a summary of the development of the FFYs 2020–24 TIP, visit the archived TIP development page.

Endorsed FFYs 2018−2022 TIP

Full Document (pdf) (html)

Tables of Projects Programmed, by FFY [updated to include Amendments] (pdf)

Executive Summary (pdf)

Amendments

Amendment One

The MPO approved Amendment One to the FFYs 2020–24 TIP on December 5, 2019. Amendment One documents a cost increase of $14,737,322 for statewide bridge project #604952 (Lynn, Saugus—Bridge Replacement on Route 107 over the Saugus River) in FFYs 2020–24. Amendment One also details a $1,372,934 cost increase for one MPO-funded project in FFY 2020 (#608347—Beverly - Intersection Improvements at Three Locations). This cost increase is being funded with statewide safety funds remaining from the removal of project #608205 (Reading to Lynnfield—Guide and Traffic Sign Replacement on Interstate 95), which was instead funded in FFY 2019. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment One table.

Amendment Two

The MPO approved Amendment Two to the FFYs 2020–24 TIP on February 27, 2020. Amendment Two documents the awarding of Federal Community Transit Grant Program funds and Mobility Assistance Program grants to organizations and public agencies that serve older adults and people with disabilities. Both programs are administered by MassDOT. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment Two table.

Amendment Three

The MPO board approved Amendment Three to the FFYs 2020–24 TIP on April 30, 2020. Amendment Three documents cost changes and readiness updates for MPO Regional Target funded projects in the FFYs 2020–24 TIP. The purpose of the amendment is to provide consistency between the FFYs 2020–24 TIP, the proposed FFYs 2021–25 TIP, and the Massachusetts Capital Investment Program. The amendment was approved with one modification to remove project #608611, Replacement and Rehabilitation of the Highway Lighting System at I-93/Route 3 Interchange in Randolph and Quincy. This project was previously funded with statewide highway funds and was removed from the TIP by the MPO in response to public comments expressing concern about the project’s potential negative impacts to the adjacent Blue Hills Reservation. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment Three table.

Amendment Four

The MPO board approved Amendment Four to the FFYs 2020–24 TIP on May 28, 2020. Amendment Four documents cost changes and readiness updates for MBTA projects in the FFYs 2020–24 TIP. The purpose of the amendment is to provide consistency between the FFYs 2020–24 TIP, the FFYs 2021–25 TIP, and the Massachusetts Capital Investment Plan.

Amendment Five

The MPO board approved Amendment Five to the FFYs 2020–24 TIP on July 16, 2020. Amendment Five adds one new project to FFY 2020: the mid-life overhaul of MBTA ferry vessels. This project is being paid for using Federal Highway Administration Ferry Boat Program funds. These funds are being flexed to the Federal Transit Administration to carry out the project. For this reason, the project is shown in the highway portion of the TIP, rather than the transit portion. The project’s total cost is more than $1.1 million. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment Five table.

Amendment Six

The MPO board approved Amendment Six to the FFYs 202024 TIP on July 16, 2020. Amendment Six adds four new projects to the FFY 2020 element of the TIP: one bridge maintenance project in Boston and Milton and three new MetroWest Regional Transit Authority projects, including the purchase of accessible buses and operating funds to increase frequency on several routes. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment Six table.

Amendment Seven

The MPO board approved Amendment Seven to the FFYs 2020–24 TIP on August 6, 2020. Amendment Seven adds one new project to the FFY 2021 element of the TIP: the expansion of demand-response services for seniors and individuals with disabilities in MWRTA’s service area. This project is funded by a Mobility for All grant from the Federal Transit Administration. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment Seven table.

Federal Reporting

The Boston Region MPO, in coordination with MassDOT and public transit operators, is required to publish a complete list of obligated projects within 90 days after the close of the FFY. The list includes the approved amount of money programmed in the TIP, the total amount obligated, and the remaining balance for each project or program. The FFY 2019 Federal Obligation Report (pdf) lists the transportation projects from MassDOT, the MBTA, the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority and the Cape Ann Transportation Authority within the Boston Region MPO area on which federal funds were expended during FFY 2019 (October 1, 2018–September 30, 2019). Federal obligation reports from previous FFYs may be found in the TIP Archive (see the link below).

TIP Archive

Older TIP documents and the lists of projects that were advertised for construction in prior years are available in our archive.

For more information, please contact Matt Genova, TIP Manager, at 857.702.3702 (voice), 617.570.9193 (TTY), or mgenova@ctps.org (email).